Catalogue entry

Hans Hartung born 1904 [- 1989]

T00816 T1963-R6 1963

Inscribed 'Hartung 63' b.r. and 'T 1963-R6 | HAUT [with an arrow]' on stretcher
Vinyl media on canvas, 70 3/4 x 55 1/2 (180 x 141)
Purchased from the artist (Gytha Trust) 1966
Exh: Hans Hartung, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, March-April 1968 (109, repr.)
Repr: Official Guide to the Tate Gallery (London 1970), p.35

The artist wrote of this work on 23 April 1966 as follows: 'This painting, T1963-R6, has not yet been exhibited or reproduced. It belongs to a series of pictures which I painted in March 1963. The pictures which are most closely related to it are T1963-R4 (exhibited in Morocco 1963/1964 and at the Galerie de France, Paris, 1964. Collection Kostelitz, Paris/South America) and T1963-R3 (exhibited in Brussels 1963 and in Amsterdam 1963/1964).

'As regards the technique, T1963-R6 is painted on a vinyl preparation and is also itself composed of vinyl media, the top layer of which I scratched while it was still in a liquid state. It has been coated with a varnish, called V14'.

All three paintings are characterised by patterns of fine lines like tresses of hair scratched into a dark zone which runs across the picture occupying almost the full height of it. Each picture contains two or three different rhythms of scratches.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.353, reproduced p.353